If I could, I'd live on a farm, raise my own animals and grow my own produce. I really believe that it's the only way to live clean, but it's unfortunately, not realistic. So I'm doing what I can to minimize the chemicals that enter my body.
One step that I am taking is making a lot of my own beauty/health products. I've dabbled in making my own lip balm, makeup removing cleanser, hand soap, body wash and deodorant.
Using THIS recipe, I made my own deodorant about a month ago and I totally didn't expect it to work. I thought, "I'm going to be smelly and sweaty." I had tried Toms brand and it did NOT work.
And I'm happy to say HOLY COW! This stuff really works for me!
1) It keeps me from sweating.
2) It keeps me from getting smelly.
3) It doesn't get on my clothes.
I have used Dove or Secret for years and I can honestly say that my homemade deodorant works better than either one of those for me. Everyone's body is different so different recipes may react differently to your body. I'm just lucky that the first one I tried worked!
How to make your own natural deodorant:
First, I cleaned out an old Dove deodorant container thoroughly and let it dry. If you don't have one to use, you can order them on Amazon.
Then I gathered these ingredients:
1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil (I order mine HERE)
3/4 tablespoon beeswax pellets (I order mine HERE)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder if you have sensitive skin)
5 drops each of lavender, lemon and frankincense Young Living Essential Oils (I can help you get these if you don't have any...just email me - email@example.com)
Melt the coconut oil and beeswax together completely in a saucepan on low heat. You can also put them in a glass container and set it in a pan of boiling water.
Remove from the heat, once melted, and add baking soda and cornstarch/arrowroot. Mix everything together until smooth. It'll look like a creamy white liquid.
Add in the essential oils. I truly believe that these are what make the deodorant work so well.
Mix everything together with a spoon and then pour into empty deodorant container. Let it solidify and it's ready to use!!
NOTE: Depending on the temperature where you store it, you may have to apply it using your fingers. If you want to rub it on, store it in the fridge.
Let me know if you make it and what you think of it! I love hearing feedback!
More natural recipes to come!